Top Off Tuesday: Tempting the Pirate by Tamara Hughes

Posted 13 January, 2015 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Top Off Tuesday | 8 Comments


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Oh, these pirates. They do love their bejeweled swords, don’t they? And running around with their shirts unbuttoned. The easier to show those waxed pecs off, after all.

Top Off Tuesday: Tempting the Pirate by Tamara HughesTempting the Pirate (Entangled Scandalous) by Tamara Hughes
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC, Macmillan on January 12, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 240

Charity Goswick thinks she is escaping an arranged marriage to a brute when she slips onto a ship unnoticed. Little does she realize that this is no honorable vessel of the King's Navy - it is a pirate ship. It's just a matter of time before she is discovered by a handsome rake of a pirate, who locks her in his cabin. And while she should be scared, her captor sparks the most unladylike feelings within her... James Lamont is on the ship for one reason, and one reason only: to track down his brother. However, his spirited little stowaway certainly affords plenty of distraction with her many (failed) attempts to escape. And each time, the unspoken - and unbidden - passion between them grows stronger. But as violence and danger mount on the high seas, Charity will have to put all of her trust in the most untrustworthy of men... the arrogant pirate who just might steal her heart.

Charity’s on the run from an abusive would-be husband (she drugged and woke up “married” to this terrible man who threatened her and has no qualms about beating her. Asshole.) and wound up on what she thought might be a nice little ship to escape on…but it turns out to be a pirate ship. Oops. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

Anyway, Charity’s not in the best frame of mind when it comes to men (she’s kind of a man-hater for the first chunk of the book, actually, even though James does pretty much nothing to deserve it) and she takes it out on James, the guy who discovered her hidden aboard. And thank goodness he did, otherwise she might have wound up in the hands of the not-so-nice captain. I’m not quite sure why James doesn’t tell Charity that he’s not a pirate, per se, except that he seems to get great pleasure out of tormenting her with the knowledge that she’s trapped in a cabin with a pirate, albeit an honorable one.

On the hunt for his conscripted brother, James offers himself up, hoping the nice, kind pirates will release his brother. He’s a caretaker, which is good for Charity, as she really needs someone on her side…though she’s going to fight that the entire time. But, hey, that leads to plenty of sparks, which always makes me happy. The more sparks, the better, I say!

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